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GLP-1 Receptor Agonists for the Management of Type 2 Diabetes: Pharmacist Focus on the Evolving Treatment Landscape

An Overview of GLP-1 RAs: What Every Pharmacist Should Know (Part 1)

This educational activity is sponsored by Postgraduate Healthcare Education, LLC (PHE) and supported by educational grants from Novo Nordisk Inc.


Jennifer M. Trujillo, PharmD, FCCP, BCPS, CDE, BC-ADM
Professor, Department of Clinical Pharmacy
University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
Aurora, CO


Jennifer M. Trujillo, PharmD, FCCP, BCPS, CDE, BC-ADM has served as a consultant to BD, Sanofi and Novo Nordisk.

The clinical reviewer, Joshua J. Neumiller, PharmD, CDE, FAADE, FASCP has no actual or potential conflicts of interest in relation to this program.

Susanne Batesko, RN, BSN, Robin Soboti, RPh, as well as the planners, managers, and other individuals, not previously disclosed, who are in a position to control the content of Postgraduate Healthcare Education (PHE) continuing education activities hereby state that they have no relevant conflicts of interest and no financial relationships or relationships to products or devices during the past 12 months to disclose in relation to this activity. PHE is committed to providing participants with a quality learning experience and to improve clinical outcomes without promoting the financial interests of a proprietary business.


acpePostgraduate Healthcare Education, LLC is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.
UAN: 0430-0000-19-116-H01-P
Credits: 1.25 hours (0.125 ceu)

Type of Activity: Knowledge 
Media: Internet

Fee Information: There is no fee for this educational activity.
Estimated time to complete activity: 75 minutes


December 13, 2019


December 31, 2020


This accredited activity has been designed for pharmacists.


During the period December 13, 2019 to December 31, 2020 participants must 1) read the learning objectives and faculty disclosures; 2) view the educational activity; and 3) complete the posttest and evaluation form directly after the activity within a maximum of 60 days of participating in the activity. To answer the questions, click on your selected choice for each answer then proceed to the next question. Once completed, click on the Grade Exam button at the bottom of the page. Your posttest will automatically be graded. If you successfully complete the posttest (score of 70% or higher), your statement of participation will be made available immediately. Click on the View Statement of Participation link and print the statement for your records. If you receive a score lower than 70%, you will receive a message notifying you that you did not pass the posttest. You will have 2 opportunities to pass the posttest. To receive Credit, you must provide your date of birth and NABP number. All Credit information will be uploaded into CPE monitor within 30 days.


Type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) accounts for approximately 90% to 95% of diabetes cases and is challenging to manage, with contributing pathophysiologic abnormalities ranging from predominant insulin resistance with relative insulin deficiency to predominant insulin secretory defect with insulin resistance. The leading cause of death in people with T2DM is cardiovascular disease (CVD), and patients with T2DM are at an increased risk of multiple cardiovascular comorbidities, such as heart failure and stroke. Glucagon-like peptide-1 receptor agonists (GLP-1 RAs) have emerged as a class of glucose-lowering medications capable of reducing cardiovascular risk while also helping patients achieve individualized glycemic goals; however, many clinicians remain unaware of both emerging cardiovascular and renal risk reduction data with these agents and recommendations for appropriate use of these agents in clinical practice.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this program, participants should be better able to:

  • Review the physiologic action, efficacy, safety, advantages, and disadvantages of the GLP-1 receptor agonist medication class.
  • Recognize individual agents within the GLP-1 RA class and understand medication-specific attributes that are important to consider when selecting a GLP-1 RA for use in a specific patient.
  • Identify GLP-1 RAs in late stage development with the potential to impact patient care in the future.

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The opinions expressed in the educational activity are those of the faculty and do not necessarily represent the views of Postgraduate Healthcare Education, LLC and Novo Nordisk Inc. Participants have an implied responsibility to use the newly acquired information to enhance patient outcomes and their own professional development. The information presented in this activity is not meant to serve as a guideline for patient management. Any procedures, medications, or other courses of diagnosis or treatment discussed or suggested in this activity should not be used by clinicians without an evaluation of their patients' conditions and current medications, including the identification of possible contraindications regarding the dangers of use and a review of any applicable manufacturer's product information, as well as a comparison with the recommendations of other authorities.

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